ARNOLD & SON : Nebula


With its strikingly symmetrical appearance visible at first glance, the new Arnold & Son Nebula was developed with an in-house movement that may be simple functionally (time and a small seconds indicator at 7 o’clock) but sets itself apart from your average ‘openworked’/ ‘skeleton’ style watch by its use of not only very strong bold lines and choice of metal treatment, but also a very different type of aesthetic.

The design and appearance of the seven (of ten) of the movement bridges form a critical part of the strong personality of this dial; the seven skeletonised, chamfered and polished-edge triangular bridges around the perimeter are what you need to focus on in terms of the ‘Nebula’ name – they are intended to be a representation of the interstellar cloud ‘explosion’ of starts being born.

This movement starts from the central axis of the hands, with everything radiating outwards. On top are the two mainspring barrels and on the bottom, the balance wheel and seconds indicator, the counterbalancing placement of which gives this dial such a marked sense of symmetry.

So what about this movement? It’s called the A&S 5101, manual-wind with a 90-hour power reserve courtesy of the two mainspring barrels, 31.50mm in diametre and 4.04mm thick with a 21,600 VPH. Decoration-wise it has NAC-treated bridges and a black ADLC-treated mainplate (for the stainless steel model in this post) or palladium-coated bridges and NAC-treated mainplate (for the red gold model) with chamfered bridges with polished edges and brushed surfaces, chamfered wheels with polished edges, gold chatons, and screws with bevelled and mirror-polished head.

It is a very contemporary-looking movement; the use of the contrasting finishes and black ADLC-treatment in particular emphasise its modernity, as well as giving the Nebula a attractively dramatic look.

A 41.5mm in diametre, 8.7mm thick, the Nebula is comfortably sized and sits very easily on the wrist. It is available in two editions; the first (as shown here) has a stainless case, a movement plated in black ADLC, bridges plated in anthracite NAC and a hand-aged anthracite calf leather strap. The second version of the Arnold and Son Nebula is encased in 18k red gold, with a movement grey-NAC plated, bridges palladium-plated and a brown alligator strap.

The Nebula is a watch that doesn’t pretend to be about pushing the boundaries of horology or complications but is purely about simply enjoying it on your wrist, enjoying its appealingly distinctive design. There are many classically-designed and/ or influenced watches from Arnold & Son, so when you get a watch from them that is slightly different, it makes you sit up and lean forward to take a look.

The RRP for the stainless steel version is 13,500 CHF and for the red gold version, 24,800 CHF.

Categories: Arnold & Son, Baselworld 2016, Hands-on, Switzerland, Watch movements, Watch Profile, watches

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